UDAN SCHEME (Syllabus: GS Paper 2 – Government Scheme)

News-CRUX-10     27th October 2023        
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Context: Recently, the Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) - UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik), a government-backed initiative to enhance infrastructure and connectivity in India, especially in remote and underserved regions, marked its sixth anniversary.

UDAN Scheme (Ude Desh Ka Aam Nagrik)

  • Launched: In 2017. The scheme is a component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP), 2016.
  • Ministry:  Ministry of Civil Aviation.

  • Objective: To develop a regional aviation market. It seeks to connect under-served and unserved airports in India through the revival of existing airstrips and airports.
  • Over the period of 6 years, various versions of UDAN Scheme were launched

oUDAN 1.0: 5 airlines companies were awarded 128 flight routes to 70 airports (including 36 newly made operational airports)

oUDAN 2.0: 73 underserved and unserved airports were announced and for the first time, helipads were also connected.

oUDAN 3.0: In coordination with the Ministry of Tourism, Tourism Routes were included. In addition to Seaplanes for connecting Water Aerodromes, several routes in the North-East Region came under the ambit of the scheme.

oUDAN 4.0: Gave impetus to North-Eastern Regions, Hilly States, and Islands. The operation of helicopters and seaplanes incorporated.

  • Significance

oRCS-UDAN is contributing to the growth of the civil aviation industry as four new & successful airlines have come up in the last 6 years. 

oThis initiative has successfully connected destinations such as Khajuraho, Deoghar, Amritsar, and Kishangarh (Ajmer), which have substantial relevance in religious tourism.